Kyle Rye

Kyle Rye

attitude_bcoc

A GENTLE ATTITUDE

In aeronautic terminology, “attitude” refers to the angle of an aircraft in regard to a reference point such as the horizon. It encompasses the yaw (i.e. the left-to-right movement of an aircraft in relation to its vertical axis), pitch (i.e. the up or down tilt of the aircraft’s nose in relation to its side-to-side axis), and roll (i.e. the rotation of the wings around its front-to-back axis)) of the aircraft. In simplistic terms, a plane’s attitude refers to its overall…
teaching_bcoc

THE GREAT COMMISSION: TEACH

Over the past few weeks, we have explored the Great Commission and the different components of it in an effort to obtain a clearer understanding ofJesus’ parting assignment for disciples. Thus far, we have seen that He expects us to “go,” to “proclaim the gospel,” and to “make disciples.” Jesus then indicated that making disciples consists of “baptizing” them and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). What is the difference between Jesus’ “baptizing” instruction…
Baptizing

THE GREAT COMMISSION: BAPTIZING

This month we have explored the Great Commission to discover what Jesus expects of us when it comes to sharing our faith. Thus far, we have seen that He expects us to “go,” to “proclaim the gospel,” and to “make disciples.” The final two instructions that comprise the whole of the Great Commission are components of the disciple making process. The first of these appears in Matthew 28:19 where, after instructing His followers to “make disciples of all nations,” Jesus…
disciple_bcoc

THE GREAT COMMISSION: MAKE DISCIPLES

How many things can you make? I am fascinated by the ingenuity and creativity of individuals who make things because there is very little that I can make. I can make breakfast, I can make a joyful noise, and I once made a functional, yet aesthetically unappealing, dog house. But beyond that, I am not a “maker.” I am not an artist. I am not an inventor. I am not a cook. I am not a carpenter. And the list…
Gospel_bcoc

THE GREAT COMMISSION: PROCLAIM

Before Jesus returned to heaven, He left an assignment for His followers. We often refer to it as the Great Commission. This one assignment consists of five distinct commands that are stated in either Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:44-49, or Acts 1:7-8. Over the course of this month, we will examine one of these commands each week so we can obtain a clearer understanding of what Jesus expects us to do in the interim between His ascension and His…
Go_world

THE GREAT COMMISSION: GO

Can you remember the last time you were given a “to do” list? Maybe your parents left the house to run some errands, and they gave you a list of chores to complete before they returned. Maybe your teacher or employer presented you with a project to complete by a prescribed deadline. Maybe your wife handed you a “honey do” list that she wanted you to complete before that big event you were scheduled to host in your home. Regardless…

THE BLESSING OF PROPITIATION

Most professions and organizations have their own jargon, which is a fancy word for unique and specialized terms that are accepted and understood within a particular field or group. Through the entertainment industry or personal experience you have likely encountered numerous types of professional jargon. For example, you may hear a lawyer say, “Objection,” and a judge respond, “Overruled.” That is legal jargon. Maybe you’ve heard a medical professional say, “Let’s check your vitals.” He or she is using medical…
Freedom of Hope

THE BLESSING OF HOPE

There once were two boys who were identical twins with only one difference—one was a hope-filled optimist and the other a hopeless pessimist. Their parents were worried about the extremes of optimism and pessimism in the boys so they took them to see a psychologist. The psychologist suggested a plan that he thought might help. The plan was to acquire two large rooms then fill one room with all the toys a boy could want and the other room with a…
freedom

THE BLESSING OF FREEDOM

Harry Houdiniis arguably the greatest magician to ever live. One reason for his great success was the fact that he was a phenomenal escape artist. According to legend, he once bragged that there wasn’t a jail cell in the world from which he couldn’t escape, provided that he could go into the cell dressed in his street clothes and work in complete privacy. A small town in England had built a new jail that they believed to be escape-proof, so they…
SEAL

THE BLESSING OF SEALING

Four successful and wealthy brothers met for dinner one evening and began discussing the extravagant gifts they had given their elderly mother for Christmas. The first said, “I built her a big house.” The second said, “I installed a movie theater in her house.” The third said, “I bought her a new Mercedes.” And the fourth said, “Since mom loved reading the Bible and she can’t read anymore due to her poor eyesight, I reached out to this preacher who…
prayer_bcoc

THE BLESSING OF PRAYER

I once heard a story about a young boy’s family who went to his grandmother’s house for dinner. Once the food was placed on the table, the boy quickly fixed his plate and began to eat. His mother said, “We haven’t asked God to bless the food yet. You know that at home we always say a prayer before we eat.” The boy replied, “But we don’t have to say a prayer here. This is grandma’s house. She knows how…
Free Will

THE BLESSING OF PREDESTINATION

A man arrived at the gates of heaven and noticed that there were two lines. One had a sign labeled “Predestined,” and the other, “free will.” He headed over to the predestined line first, and while waiting, an angel came up to him and asked, ”Why are you in this line?” The man said, “Because I chose it. ”The angel replied, “Well, if you ‘chose’ it, then you should be in the free will line.” So the man obediently wandered…